Time’s Person of the Year? Four journalists and a newspaper, ‘guardians’ in ‘the war on truth’
Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence.
The group, which Time calls the “guardians,” includes slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper’s offices in June; Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has been arrested; and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been detained in Myanmar for nearly a year.
“They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world — as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018 — who risk all to tell the story of our time,” editor in chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay.
Time selected them “for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and speaking out.”
Khashoggi was killed two months ago when the Washington Post columnist, who had lived in self-exile the U.S., visited Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey for paperwork so he could get married. He had been critical of the Saudi regime.
Reesa is an award-winning Philippine journalist who, along with the online news service she heads, has been accused of tax evasion. Her website has been critical of the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and she claims the charges are politically motivated.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for nearly a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.
Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed by a gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper in June.
Since 1927, Time has selected individuals or groups to appear on its covers for the end-of-the-year feature. This was the first time that a recipient was recognized posthumously. Those chosen this year will appear in four different cover photos.
President Trump, who was chosen Person of the Year in 2016, was runner-up.
“His ultimate impact may be determined as much by the resistance he engenders as by the goals he pursues,” the magazine said.
Special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III was second runner-up.
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